Grass Valley woman killed in Oregon; 1 in custody, police say
Medford, Oregon, authorities say they’ve charged a transient with murder in connection with the death of a Grass Valley woman.
Officers found Sierra Bree Clemens, 23, dead after responding Friday morning to a disturbance at a Medford motel. Moments later they found Justin Lee Graham-Yaeger, who was bitten by a police dog during his arrest, a release states.
Graham-Yaeger, 33, faces a murder charge, as well as accusations he violated post-prison supervision on burglary and weapons charges, reports state.
Graham-Yaeger remained held Sunday without bond, Jackson County Jail reports state.
According to the release, Medford police responded around 4:40 a.m. Friday to a disturbance at the Tiki Lodge, Room 111. No one answered the door and police forced their way inside.
“Officers believed that as they made entry, they heard someone escape out of the bathroom window,” the release states.
Police said they found Clemens’ body, along with signs of a violent disturbance, in the bathroom. More officers arrived and they began searching the area with Kylo, a police dog.
Kylo led officers to a Dumpster behind the motel, where a man later identified as Graham-Yaeger was hiding. Kylo bit Graham-Yaeger during his arrest, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment before being booked into jail, reports state.
An examination of the scene, which included the path from the motel room to the Dumpster, indicated Clemens was the victim of a homicide, the release states.
Police said Graham-Yaeger is the only suspect in the case.
“The motive of the murder remains under investigation,” the release states. “An autopsy will be conducted in the near future.”
Medford is about 30 miles north of the California border.
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